Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Do you take one Golden Globe, or two?

Just for the record: My globes are not golden — they're frozen.

It's 24 degrees Fahrenheit this morning, here in what's supposed to be balmy northern California. Yes, I realize that those of you in the Midwest who have icicles dangling from your noses are thinking that 24 degrees sounds like a vacation in Jamaica. But for us warm-climate pantywaists, this is wicked cold.

Speaking of 24: Is there a compelling reason why the second half of the four-hour season premiere always gets scheduled opposite the Golden Globe Awards? Someone in Hollywood hates me. (Not you, Trebek. We have an understanding.)

At any rate, those funloving folks at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association handed out their annual Golden Globes last night. Among the highlights of the mutual admiration society banquet:
  • The easiest win of the night had to be Forest Whitaker's triumph for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama. When two of the other nominees in an acting category are Leonardo DiCaprio (for both Blood Diamond and The Departed), the third is Peter O'Toole in a movie no one heard of, much less saw, and the fourth is Will Smith — an underrated actor, but no Forest Whitaker — heck, I could have won if I'd made a movie last year.

  • From the What Were They Thinking? Department: Sacha Baron Cohen winning Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy for Borat. I'm guessing it was because Cohen was essentially playing a member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

  • Is it just my imagination, or does Renée Zellweger always look as though she smells something nasty?

  • I know they've both won practically everything it's possible for an actress to win, but it still felt good to see Meryl Streep and Helen Mirren pull down the Best Actress awards for film comedy and drama, respectively. Nice to see that someone recognizes that talented women remain worthy of great film roles past the age of 35.

  • So how do you feel if you're the great Jack Nicholson, nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama, and you lose to Eddie Murphy? Knowing Jack, you're probably too blotto to care.

  • Speaking of saucy Jack, his daughter Lorraine served the honors as Miss Golden Globe. (Every year, the HFPA selects a second-generation starlet to hand the trophies to the presenters on stage. Such later luminaries as Laura Dern, Joely Fisher, and Melanie Griffith started their careers as Miss Golden Globe.) A word of advice to young Ms. Nicholson: No matter what Dad's ex-girlfriend Lara Flynn Boyle tells you, hon, a cheeseburger now and again ain't gonna kill you.

  • Congratulations to former American Idol also-ran Jennifer Hudson, who netted what will surely be the first of multiple awards for her performance in Dreamgirls. Take that, Simon Cowell!

  • Clint Eastwood's Letters from Iwo Jima won as Best Foreign Language Film. Later, California Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger hobbled out on crutches to display his award-winning form as Best Foreign Language Politician.

  • Warren Beatty received the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Shampoo gave a ludicrous, rambling acceptance speech — I think he'd been chugging cocktails with Paula Abdul before the show — that seemed to last a lifetime, or at least as long as a Cecil B. DeMille spectacular.

  • House's Hugh Laurie capped his memorable acceptance speech from last year with yet another brilliant spiel when he returned for his second Best Actor, TV Drama trophy. They should let Laurie win every year, just to see whether he can keep topping himself. The guy should hire out to coach the other nominees on how to deliver a killer speech.

  • Nice to see both Kyra (One Degree from Kevin Bacon) Sedgwick and America (the Beautiful) Ferrera snag the TV Best Actress awards. Not only because they're talented performers who deserve the accolades, but also because it gave them the opportunity to step out of their plain-Jane TV roles and let the world see how gorgeous they really are. Both Sedgwick and Ferrera seemed genuinely excited and grateful to have won, and I, for one, was happy for them.

  • On the subject of America Ferrera, was I the only person in the audience not surprised that Ugly Betty scored the Best TV Comedy award? Remember who the voters in this venue are — foreign journalists. Ugly Betty is based on a telenovela that's been a huge hit in Latin America. It was probably the most easily relatable show in the category for many members of the HFPA.

  • Three of my favorite current TV series — Heroes, Big Love, and the aforementioned 24 — were nominated in the Best TV Drama category. All lost to the pretentious soap opera claptrap that is Grey's Anatomy. I told you Hollywood hates me.
And now, we present SSTOL's annual Golden Globe Fashion Awards:
  • What's Up With That Dress? Award: It's a tie! Our first honoree is Cameron Diaz, who not only dunked her head in a bucket of Shinola before the event, but also came disguised as either a Swiffer duster or a marine tube worm, I'm not sure which.

    Not to be outdone, nominee Rinko Kikuchi (Best Supporting Actress for Babel) appeared in a frock that looked as though she was preparing to stuff an truckload of pink aspirin bottles.

  • What's Up With That Suit? Award: Jeremy Irons, who apparently could not be bothered to change out of his bathrobe and pajamas to pick up his Golden Globe.

  • The "She's Not My Granddaughter, She's My Wife" Award: Media mogul Rupert Murdoch, proving yet again that a fat wallet and Viagra trump youth and good looks any day of the week, and especially on the red carpet. The hand that robs the cradle is the hand that rules the world.

  • Giving New Meaning to the Term "Golden Globes" (also known as the Drew Barrymore Award): We'll let the people decide. Dreamgirls' Beyoncé Knowles?

    Or Heroes' Ali Larter?

    Oh, what the hey — let's make it a two-fer.

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7 insisted on sticking two cents in:

Anonymous Anonymous offered these pearls of wisdom...

Beatty's speech was excellent: intelligent humor and observations brought in an entertaining way. Everybody was eating out of his hands and loved it. It's only the young and or ignorant who thought it was boring and unfunny. Their loss.

1:25 AM  
Blogger SwanShadow offered these pearls of wisdom...

The management would like to thank Annette Bening for stopping by.

1:27 AM  
Blogger Gooch offered these pearls of wisdom...

I remember seeing Lorraine Nicholson sitting on Jack's lap at a few Lakers games I attended years ago. I always figured it was his granddaughter.

9:44 AM  
Anonymous Donna offered these pearls of wisdom...

By definition where I geographically reside, wicked cold would be last night's low temperature of -2.7 degrees Fahrenheit! I believe that has your frigid temperature beat by a long shot. Stuff that in your wool socks!

I'm elated to see "Grey's Anatomy" won an award. It's my favorite show and far from a soap opera. I tried diligently to watch the pilot of "Heroes" but just couldn't connect with the plots and characters. My husband enjoys it and frequently reminds me that "it's Michael's favorite show". I tried, but the show just didn't "click" for me.

6:30 PM  
Blogger SwanShadow offered these pearls of wisdom...

Gooch: Jack's lucky you didn't mistake her for his date!

8:49 AM  
Blogger SwanShadow offered these pearls of wisdom...

Donna: I, too, endured an Ice Age in Maine one winter.

I define "soap opera" as any serialized drama (the storyline continues from episode to episode) in which the primary focus is the personal -- and more specifically, romantic -- relationships between the characters. Grey's Anatomy fits that definition.

I'm not opposed to soap opera. Some of my favorite comics are soap opera in superhero drag. (There's plenty of soap opera in Heroes.) The style of soap opera in Grey's Anatomy just left me cold the time or two that I attempted to see what all the fuss was about. Obviously, you and several million of your closest friends disagree with me on that one.

To each his/her own. As the French say, Vive le difference!

8:59 AM  
Blogger Janet offered these pearls of wisdom...

I didn't see all of the awards but I did see a good part. As usual, there is just too much to touch upon here but I will say a few things.

Ugly Betty- Is it a comedy? Is it a drama? I watch it, but I have to admit I don't think it's all that. If you ever saw The Devil Wears Prada you'd know what I mean.

I'm happy for people like America and Alec winning, but I'm not sure a show that has been on for four months really warrants it being the "best" of anything just yet.

Unless I missed it, I was disappointed that Nicholson didn't present an award, even if he didn't win. That's always one of my fave parts.

I don't think Beatty's speech was horrible, nor do I think it was great. I think he was very nervous and couldn't find the right words to say what he wanted to say, but I did enjoy it. I do love the Annette Bening comeback though:)

Unfortunately, I didn't see most of the movies that were nominated to say who I felt gave the best performance. That's what Blockbuster is for, silly!

There's so much more to say but like I said, I have to cut it off somewhere:)

7:20 PM  

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